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Old 02-13-2006   #1
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I happened to catch the tail end of "The Replacements" last night and it reminded me of the '87 strike.

With grumblings already starting about the next CBA, I'm curious if anyone here still watched the games in '87 during the strike and/or if you would if it happens again.

I was a season ticket holder in '87 and went to all the games. I got into watching Pease and company almost as much as watching the regulars. I would watch again. Anyone else?
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It has its own level of entertainment. I'd watch it.
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Not only would I watch football with replacement players, I did watch football with replacement players and I enjoyed the hell out of it.

Eugene Seale will always be a favorite of mine.
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For the most part,isn't that what the Texans have been for 4 years!
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Not only would I watch football with replacement players, I did watch football with replacement players and I enjoyed the hell out of it.

Eugene Seale will always be a favorite of mine.

I watched them myself and would do so again ..... They played the game the way it was meant to be played not like a buncha primadonna's .... It may not have been as pretty to watch but since when is football a pretty thing ?

And as for Eugene Seal ....I remember him as well .... army fatigues and all , that guy was a beast on special teams
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Man, just went through this with hockey and it sucked. :brickwall
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I happened to catch the tail end of "The Replacements" last night and it reminded me of the '87 strike.
it should, that's what the movie was based on...
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I didn't watch that stuff. It was garbage. I'd much rather watch the Houston Gamblers of the USFL than another "scab" game.
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Football is football, superstars or not. As for the strike, I doubt that would happen as the only significant change the players would want is guaranteed contracts, which should have been started when the rudiments of NFL contracts were made up.
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Not only would I watch football with replacement players, I did watch football with replacement players and I enjoyed the hell out of it.

Eugene Seale will always be a favorite of mine.
was he the guy that looked like Booger from Revenge of the Nerds?

Edit: I was born three years after the strike.
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I disagree with that somewhat. The XFL was football and it was absolutely atrocious to watch.

Replacement players in the NFL again, I'd probably watch. As a season ticket holder though, I don't think I'd be real happy about paying full price to see them in person.
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I remember the replacement games in the last strike. I think it was because of the replacement Oilers that the real Oilers made the playoffs that year. It was good football in my opinion...
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Now here's one for you guys. Does anyone remember watching the games that the players put on by themselves during the strike previous to the 1987 strike? Back in 1982 when the players went on strike they held out a lot longer than three or four weeks and eventually they televised some games where the players just got together and split into teams. I remember watching one of them with Pastorini playing QB. All I can really recall about it is that it was a very dull game (replacement players with little talent but with coaches are much more fun to watch than stars with no coaches-believe me).

Anyone else see any of those games?
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I had season tickets to the Cowboys when they had replacement players and went to the games...they had some regulars playing though like Randy White.

It was different. But I had paid for the tickets and wanted to go so I did.
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I imagine I would watch, as long as it is DECENT football...
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Now here's one for you guys. Does anyone remember watching the games that the players put on by themselves during the strike previous to the 1987 strike? Back in 1982 when the players went on strike they held out a lot longer than three or four weeks and eventually they televised some games where the players just got together and split into teams. I remember watching one of them with Pastorini playing QB. All I can really recall about it is that it was a very dull game (replacement players with little talent but with coaches are much more fun to watch than stars with no coaches-believe me).

Anyone else see any of those games?
All I remember from that year is being pissed off at the strike and having them try to jam CFL games down our throat ---- and the very odd seedings for the "Super Bowl Tournament" --- and the Oilers sucking badly.

I specifically remember the '87 game at Denver, Eugene Seale, and how unusual it felt to win at Mile High - even with the replacements. Leonard Harris was another one.

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my memory of Eugene Seale was the Oilers were playing the redskins(I believe this was 1988) and Eugene came busting the wall on a kickoff and knocked the guy from the Redskins cold... Wow what a hit.

on a different note.. Highsmith from the same year could lay some blocks (remember him flipping a Raider over that came on a blitz)..hmm missed those days sometimes
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I remember Eugene Seale on special teams. I watched the replacement teams, but they weren't much good in the way of solid football, IIRC.

I'd probably watch it again, but I'm a football junkie that way. Although, I would have to admit to a little anger if it happened again. Multi-millionaire players moaning and groaning to billionaire owners would be a little too much considering what the majority of us have to work to even afford tickets.
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my memory of Eugene Seale was the Oilers were playing the redskins(I believe this was 1988) and Eugene came busting the wall on a kickoff and knocked the guy from the Redskins cold... Wow what a hit.
I remember the play and the game very well. I still remember my buddy saying to me during the game "look at how big Jim Lachey is." Out of curiosity I went back and checked and Lachey was 6'6 290 in his prime, which is nothing by today's standards but back then he was a giant.

That was the first Prime Time game (Sunday night ESPN) in Houston in six seasons so the crowd was all present and accounted for and pumped up at kickoff (Week 9 of the '88 season), the Redskins were defending Super Bowl champs, and the Oilers kicked their *** 41 -17. The Redskins player knocked out by Seale was Derrick Shepard.

I'm ready for the Texans to reach that level.

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